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British Airways and Born Free


BRITISH AIRWAYS HOLIDAYS LAUNCHES PARTNERSHIP WITH CHARITY BORN FREE WITH A NEW RESCUED LION ENCLOSURE IN SOUTH AFRICA – AND FLIES NEGLECTED BIG CATS TO THEIR NEW HOME






• British Airways Holidays recently announced partnership with international wildlife charity Born Free as part of its new Animal Welfare Policy

• The travel company has funded the creation of a new enclosure in South Africa

• British Airways has flown two neglected lionesses, rescued from a failed zoo in Spain to their new home

• Part of a long-term commitment to end ‘exploitative tourism’ that sees wild animals kept in captivity


British Airways Holidays has officially opened a new rescue enclosure at a big cat sanctuary in South Africa, as part of its joint vision with international animal welfare charity Born Free that all wild animals, whether living in captivity or in the wild, are treated with compassion and respect.


British Airways Holidays and Born Free have been working together over the last year to develop the travel company’s industry-leading Animal Welfare Policy, which sees British Airways Holidays commit to never promoting the captivity of wild animals for entertainment purposes and discouraging its hotel partners from doing so. The enclosure is now home to two lionesses, named Alpha and Cora. The two neglected lionesses were initially rescued from a failed zoo in Spain and housed temporarily at Natuurhulpcentrum, a wildlife rescue centre in Belgium before they were flown to their new home.


Born Free’s Animal Welfare team and IAG Cargo’s animal transport team ensured that Alpha and Cora received specialist care and attention as they travelled to London and onto a British Airways flight to Cape Town. The lionesses then travelled a short distance by road before arriving at Panthera Africa Big Cat Sanctuary, a 40-hectare sanctuary in Stanford, South Africa. British Airways Holidays’ support has enabled the construction of a perimeter fence, night house and security provisions.